Wedding Customs: Morocco

Continuing our trend of wedding customs, today we will look at traditional Moroccan wedding.

Moroccon culture is one which is rich in history. According to tradition the desired wedding day is to fall on a Sunday, which is more likely to fall at the end of the harvest the reason being an ample amount of food to feast on.

The uniformity in the attire is only the color otherwise it greatly varies from region to region. The shared colors include yellow; which they believe scares away evil and green precisely to bring good luck. The pre wedding custom is mainly where the bride, alongside her attendants, or negaffa have a henna party where they all get temporary tattoos on their hands and feet and of course the bride gets the most elaborate one. This is much likely our very own dholkis where everyone receives their favored mehndi designs

A typical Moroccan wedding lasts up to seven days, with segregated events for the men and women. The first three days are sums up the preparing, partying and beautifying the bride. The fourth event is when the couple gets married. The fifth and sixth day comprises of further celebrations with the newlyweds and finally, on the seventh day, the segregated parties have a chance to combine where the bride is placed on a cushion and held overhead in front of friends and family. The men on the other hand lift the groom onto their shoulders, and the new couple is carried off to a special room to consummate their marriage.

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Traditional Moroccan Bride. (image courtesy of allcollorss.blogspot.com/).

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According to the preceding wedding tradition of Morocco the food makes up of fish and chicken with ancient symbols of fertility often being served. A very popular dish tajine is served which is made with either chicken, beef or lamb stew mixed with almonds, apricots, onions and other spices which completed alongside heaping piles of couscous.

The newlywed couple is ushered into the reception with an elaborate and celebratory march called the zaffa, while music plays in the back they entry is made with dancing and even flaming swords.  Drums, Oud (musical instrument of northern Africa belonging to the lute family), tambourines and a string instrument called a zither are played for the guests to dance the night away.

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Wedding band at Moroccan wedding. (image courtesy of tomaszwagner.co/)

Sure, the wedding is exhausting, but Moroccan brides get some serious pampering too which includes massages and milk baths (hammam) to purify them for the special day.

Moroccans are somewhat like us yet different that is why we called the world as “Global Village”. Hope you liked the Wedding Traditions of Morocco.